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Nene Centre Thrapston gets new Children’s Climbing Facility

Nene Centre Climbing Wall Opens

Nene Centre, Thrapston, which has seen operations recently move to leisure operators Freedom Leisure on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council, is to undergo the first phase of refurbishment works with the installation of a 6-metre high children’s climbing wall.

Freedom Leisure are kicking off a schedule of improvements across all three centres in the district, with £32k invested into this new indoor climbing facility.

Nene Local | Nene Wall

Installation work is set to start next week and will take around a week to complete, with staff training to commence immediately after. Opening of the wall for customer use is planned for the end of June/beginning of July.

The wall will be available for casual climbing sessions, group and party bookings and for school use, and will be the only climbing wall in East Northamptonshire. The facility is being installed by Hangfast Adventure Engineering, who will also be training centre staff. Hangfast are experience engineers who say “they have been creating adventure since 2001”.

This climbing wall will be a top-rope climbing wall with eight top rope lines and four auto belays. It can have 16 or more different climbing routes at any one time, with the option to reset the routes at regular intervals to keep the experience fresh and challenge climbers. It features; slab, vertical and overhanging surfaces to test all abilities, with classic top-rope anchors allowing the teaching of the fundamental climbing skills, belaying and rope techniques.

Chris Tye, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, says: “This wall is the first brand new facility being added by Freedom Leisure since it commenced its contract on 1 April. Freedom Leisure is more than just a leisure centre operator; it prioritises engendering active communities and targeting groups who are currently less active. This wall will be a wonderful facility for local children, giving them the opportunity to try indoor climbing as a sport – who knows, we may even help to find and nurture the countries next generation of climbing stars.”

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, added: “We’re very excited to see the improvements to our centres being rolled out and are confident that this climbing wall will be enjoyed by many children who have perhaps never tried this sport before. We’re working closely with freedom leisure to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for all of our residents and look forward to announcing further centre improvements and new initiatives for all ages to enjoy.”

To find out more about all facilities at The Nene Centre visit www.freedom-leisure.co.uk or call 01832 734090.

Buffet at The Bell in Little Addington

Buffet Lunch at The Bell Inn

The Buffet lunches at The Bell in Little Addington never fail to make us smile and rub our tummies in delight.

This month happened to be our youngest’s 16th Birthday and so we went to celebrate.  We chose to make the salad selections our starter, and chose from red cabbage, sweetcorn, pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw and much more – all hand made and presented so beautifully you didn’t  want to dig in and spoil the arrangement.  By the side of the salads there were a selection of dressings including Honey Mustard, Balsamic Vinegar and a lovely spicy one, which I had lashings of.

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The boy chose the red cabbage as his personal favourite which we thought we could taste brown sugar and cinnamon in – maybe?  Whatever it was, it was delicious.

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Buffet main courses ranged from Beef Stroganoff (which I had and it as lovely) to a Pork and Gammon dish, there was Potato Gratin, spicy wedges and a selection of rices too.

nene local | main course

All really lovely.

nene local | spicy wedges

We also had to treat our selves to dessert of course!

nene local | raspberry cheesecake

The buffet at The Bell Inn in Little Addington is Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes inclusive is just £9.95 a head – wonderfully good value for such amazing food – as much as you want!

nene local | the salad bar

Little Addington is a short 5 minute drive from Thrapston – why not go for lunch tomorrow? There are always dfferent things on offer each day.

nene local | main courses

nene local | empty plates


THE BELL INN – Little Addington

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Little Addington

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To book call – (01933) 651700

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Website:  www.thebellinn-littleaddington.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday : Closed (Open on Bank Holidays)

Tuesday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:00

Wednesday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:00

Thursday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:00

Friday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:30

Saturday : 12:00 – 15:00 | 18:00 – 21:30

Sunday : 12:00 – 17:00

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Wellingborough Town Centre Gears up to Step Back in Time

The people of Wellingborough are gearing up to step back in time as the whole town welcomes the Medieval Festival later this month.

Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID)

Now in its fifth year, the action-packed family weekend will once again transport the thriving town centre back to the Middle Ages when attendees can see knights on horseback, street entertainers in character, ferret racing and magic shows.


The historic two-day event is set to start on Saturday, June 17, 2017, and the action will take place across various town locations including Market Street, Tithe Barn lawn and Croyland Gardens.


Youngsters will have the opportunity to dress-up in themed costume and joust on hobby horses at Wellingborough Museum and there will also be medieval dancing for all.

Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID)

Colourful characters from the Middle Ages will mingle with visitors to give them a sense of authenticity as they walk round the vibrant attractions.


John Cable, Executive Director of the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which organises the event every year, said: “Final preparations are now taking place for the next Medieval Festival, which is set to be the biggest and best yet.


“A lot of time and effort has been put into this event as we want to make it as realistic and fun as it can possibly be. Now in its fifth year, we firmly believe the festival has become a firm favourite in the town’s calendar as it continues to grow and attract more and more people as time goes on.


“We hope everyone will join us as we step back in time and enioy what’s on offer which provides the perfect combination of fun and learning for the whole family.”


A circus workshop, medieval bazaar and arts and craft fayre have also been added to the programme set to take place across the weekend.

Local Spotlight – Help & Safety at Work

Mark Palmer of HASAW here in town says…


“Welcome on board to David Wynne our new Fire Safety Consultant.  David has a very compelling story to tell:

““Two years ago, at the end of a normal day with the usual kitchen/ tidying up chores, the dishwasher was put on whilst the wife and I watched TV. Fifteen minutes later, a waft of smoke drifted into the lounge. We very quickly rang The Fire Brigade and awoke our two children to evacuate. The fire was dealt with but the damage extensive to the whole downstairs- complete devastation. Many hotels later and insurance toing and froing, we moved back in some ten months later.  “The lesson is never leave domestic appliances on overnight. If we had, I wouldn’t be here to tell the story.”  


Statistics show fire related incidents in the UK decreasing.
More knowledge, initiatives and general awareness and change in behaviours must be the answer.

Let’s all keep up the good work.

“Prevention rather than cure”

To find out moe call Karen on 01832 735874 or email karen@hasaw.co.uk to book an appointment.


Fire and rescue services attended around
162,000 fires in England during 2015/16,
5% more than the 155,000 in 2014/15

Community gets Dementia Aware

Local at-home care provider Home Instead Senior Care, East Northants, is helping to raise awareness of dementia in the local area. The care company has just completed a series of successful events which took place during Dementia Awareness Week (14th-20th May 2017).

In addition to providing valuable information to carers, family members, and members of the local community, Home Instead donated copies of their dementia care book, ‘Confidence to Care’ to libraries in Wellingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers and Raunds.

 Staff with the Confidence to Care handbook

Published by Home Instead, Confidence to Care is a handbook for those caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The book offers readers a combination of personal stories and practical advice to help them provide the best and most effective dementia care possible. Its primary focus is on the effective prevention and management of certain memory and behaviour symptoms, including refusal, aggression, delusions and wandering, which family carers often need help with.

Staff with the Confidence to Care handbook

Speaking about the events, which took place during Dementia Awareness Week, Louise Russell Boyne of Home Instead said, “Staff at the local hospitals and libraries were very welcoming and supportive of us supporting Dementia Awareness Week and allowing us to host a stand in order to provide information to those caring for people living with Dementia.

“We were also delighted to be able to donate a copy of our book, ‘Confidence to Care’ to each library we visited as well as share information from The Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Awareness, and Dementia Friends.”

For more information on the services provided by Home Instead Senior Care, please call: 01933 678775 or visit http://www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastnorthants

Staff with the Confidence to Care handbook

Local charity is looking to snap up volunteer photographers!

Are you a budding photographer? Do you have a keen eye for capturing the perfect shot? Then join Team PECT as a volunteer photographer for your chance to let your creativity shine.

Volunteering with PECT

The charity PECT is looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for photography to join the team as volunteers.


As a charity, PECT is passionate about helping to protect and enhance the environment across the city and beyond. Engaging with individuals and organisations, PECT delivers projects that make a real difference and would love for you to help capture this work.


As part of the voluntary role, you will have the opportunity to attend various PECT events throughout the year and will also get a flavour of the projects the charity runs in order to capture a true picture of the work of PECT.


There are many exciting opportunities available throughout the year and, as a flexible volunteering position, you can get involved as little or as much as you would like. Some of the work that you produce will be used to tell people about PECT’s work – featuring on its website, social media and in local publications.


All applicants should have some experience of photography and access to their own camera.


If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please get in touch! Contact PECT on 01733 568408, or you can email: volunteering@pect.org.uk. For more information about volunteering opportunities at PECT visit: www.pect.org.uk.


Launch of Planet B in Peterborough!

Donald Trump may have pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement but here in Peterborough organisations, individuals, and communities are coming together to show that understanding and caring for the environment is vitally important.

Picture from teddybaden.co.uk

Picture from teddybaden.co.uk

Peterborough is home to one of the longest running and largest Green Festivals in the UK, and this year it takes on a new life as ‘Planet B’.


Planet B encompasses a two-week programme of events, performances, film screenings, workshops, commissioned artworks, and a conference – all around encouraging discussion and debate on sustainability.


The environmental charity PECT, working alongside arts organisation Metal and The Green Backyard and with funding from Arts Council England, will be running Planet B from Saturday 29th July through to Saturday 12th August 2017.


The environment is a huge subject that can often feel hard to get to grips with, but Planet B is asking: ‘What needs to happen for people to understand the issues, become more resilient together and take positive actions?’


Looking at the key themes of how communities can become more adaptable, what lifestyles and habits we need to change, and how we can learn from the past, Planet B will include an environmental conference, film screenings, debates, theatre and much more, meaning there will be plenty of activities for residents to get involved with!


“We want Planet B to be both relevant locally to Peterborough, but also to engage with wider contemporary environmental thinking and developments,” explains PECT’s Karen Igho.


“It is challenging to consider alternative ways of living to what has become the norm but the process of questioning these and considering what would lead to a fair and respectful global community is what the focus of ‘Planet B’ is.”
More details about Planet B will be released soon, visit www.pect.org.uk/PlanetB for more information, see the Facebook page @PlanetBPeterB or call 01733 568408.


National Gin Day! It’s a great time to try Pinkster Gin

local cambridge gin

It’s World Gin Day on June 10th and we’d like to suggest that if you haven’t already, it’s a great time to try Pinkster Gin.


Made in Cambridgeshire, Pinkster is distilled in small batches to an original recipe with five botanicals.  It is then macerated with a further three botanicals and hand-steeped with fresh raspberries grown locally, giving it its distinctive pink colour.


Deliciously dry with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish, it makes a refreshingly different G&T when served with a raspberry and a sprig of fresh mint.

Pinkster can be purchased from discerning retailers including Harvey Nichols, Majestic, Ocado, Selfridges and www.pinkstergin.com, priced around £35/70cl bottle.


The Athene Spa answers – What is Hypnobirth?

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding hypnobirthing. When most people think of hypnosis they think of stage hypnosis and people being made to act the fool.

There is nothing mythical or magical about it. As far back as the 1950’s hypnosis has been considered for use within medicine by the British Medical Association(BMA 1955) as this extract demonstrates:athene 125

“In 1955, the Psychological Medicine Group of the BMA commissioned a Subcommittee, led by Prof T Ferguson Rodger, to deliver a second, and more comprehensive, report on hypnosis. The subcommittee consulted several experts on hypnosis from various fields, including the eminent neurologist Prof W Russell Brain, the first Baron Brain, and the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion. After two years of study and research, its final report was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), under the title “Medical use of Hypnotism”. …

It concludes from a systematic review of available research that,… In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anaesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations, and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of Labour.

According to a statement of proceedings published elsewhere in the same edition of the BMJ, the report was officially “approved at last week’s Council meeting of the British Medical Association.”

Effectively what hypnobirthing aims to do is to give women and their birth partners strategies to help them work in tune with their body during pregnancy and labour.

Why choose a KG hypnobirthing course?

We are the original UK Hypnobirthing course which is designed especially for mothers in the UK.  The course is constantly evolving to keep up-to-date with the latest evidence and research, and is now taught internationally.  You will learn about the 5 ‘C’s of hypnobirthing – Confidence, Clam, Choice, Control and Comfort. Your course includes all course materials including a copy of Katherine Graves book on Hypnobirthing.

For more information visit our website www.athenebeauty.com or kghypnobirthing.com.

Courses are generally run over 6 weeks and each session lasts approximately 2 hours. They are designed for pregnant women and their birth partner. Intensive weekend courses are available contact Lyn 07740 354465 for more information.

BMA(1955). ‘Medical use of Hypnotism: Report of a Subcommittee appointed by the Psychological Medicine Group Committee of the British Medical Association’, Supplement to the BMJ April 23, 1955: 190-193

A new course is coming soon here in Thrapston – call Lyn on 07740 354465  to book or to find out more information.